When I worked at the News-Leader in Springfield Mo. the paper ran a huge front page story about an 18 or 21″ snowfall (can’t remember exactly). The headline in huge type simply said “Buried”. Well, this view (photo above) out the kitchen window of where I am staying really brings new meaning to what constitutes “Buried.” I was scheduled to go out this morning with researchers who count the number of bald eagles on the river but that got cancelled with all the snow that has been falling. Supposedly, some of the areas where we needed to go have received over three feet of snow. Given that it has been snowing very hard for the past 24 hours, I’m not surprised. I’m glad that my friend Phyllis gave me some pointers on the use of snowshoes. I’m going to use them.
UPDATE: According to a posting on the Takshanuk Watershed Council website, the total snowfall for Haines, Alaska from Nov. 1 to Nov. 23 (which was most of the time I was there photographing bald eagles on the Chilkat River) was a whopping 88 inches of snow!
ABOVE: A huge snow drift looms outside the kitchen window at the Alaska Guardhouse bed and breakfast in Haines, Alaska after an early November blizzard.